Elena Zavalza is the Latinx coordinator at notMYkid. She has experience working in the community since 2013 and has worked with various ages throughout her career. Elena utilized her bilingual abilities in infant mental health for 5 years, guiding parents and caregivers through their journey with their child or children with difficult behaviors with psychoeducation and evidence-based practice curriculum. She has also assisted in developing curriculum for programs to educate parents and caregivers on topics that consisted of brain development, ACEs, discipline, schedules and routines, and safety trainings. This program strengthened the parents’ and caregivers’ ability to appropriately respond to their children’s needs.  Elena is an outgoing individual who thrives on collaboration and creating new partnerships in the community and delivering presentations to the partners and their members. Elena completed an internship with Candelen’s behavioral health that collaborated with the Arizona ACE’s Consortium. This included partnerships with schools throughout Maricopa County and delivered the training to help teachers understand and manage the big behaviors.

Elena has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, and a master’s degree in Family and Human Development from ASU and will soon have her master’s in social work from Grand Canyon University. Elena loves learning and sharing her knowledge with others to help them thrive in their environment.


  • Circle of Security
  • Triple P Parenting: Level 4
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid
  • First Aid/CPR instructor
  • Fingerprint Clearance Card
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